The father and brother of award-winning Australian journalist Julian Assange are on a nationwide tour of the United States calling on the U.S. government to drop its prosecution and finally let Julian come home.
John and Gabriel Shipton’s #HomeRun4Julian tour began in Miami on June 6. The Shiptons are scheduled to make stops on both coasts and the Midwest before concluding the tour in the nation’s capital.
Assange’s family members will meet with activists, press, and policymakers to raise awareness of the importance of protecting whistleblowers and journalists, and to advocate for the release of Julian Assange, whom the United Nations has declared “arbitrarily detained” since 2010.
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Video: Panel event
hosted by Jen Perelman
Videos: John & Gabriel Shipton meet supporters at the
Video: Julian wins
2021 Sacco-Vanzetti Award
Radio & The Progressive
Video: Roger Waters, Chris Hedges, Aaron Maté, Randy Credico
|Minneapolis / St Paul|
Panel with local journalists
Rally at Highland Park Picnic Pavillion
Video: John & Gabriel Shipton at the First Amendment monument
Panel | Press Club
5pm | State Capitol rally
Video: Marianne Williamson, Chip Gibbons, & Ryan Grim
2pm | Islamic Cultural Center
Featuring: Alice Walker
By video: Noam Chomsky,
Dan Ellsberg | Details
Video: Separating Fact from Fiction
Fidel Narvaez, John Kiriakou & Ray McGovern
6pm | Rally
Oakwood Recreation Center
767 California Ave
4-6pm | Panel
Stephen Rohde, Jody Armour
Video: Statehouse rally
Video: Kevin Gosztola, Jerome McDonnell
Chris Geovanis, Flint Taylor
Minneapolis / St. Paul
Free Speech, Freedom of the Press, and the Fight for Economic and Racial Justice
A panel of local independent journalists in conversation with Julian Assange’s father and brother at the East Side Freedom Library
Interview with WORT Radio (beginning at 43:21)
Interview with The Progressive magazine
Rally with Kevin Gosztola, Jerome McDonnell, Chris Geovanis, Flint Taylor
Panel discussion: John & Gabriel Shipton, Marianne Williamson, Ryan Grim & Chip Gibbons
With Grayzone reporter Max Blumenthal
Online Panel: Separating Fact from Fiction
John & Gabriel Shipton, Fidel Narvaez, John Kiriakou, & Ray McGovern
First Amendment Monument
New York City
Reception for John & Gabriel Shipton with Roger Waters, Chris Hedges, Aaron Maté, & Randy Credico
Julian Assange presented with the 2021 Sacco-Vanzetti Social Justice Award
Panel event hosted by Jen Perelman, with Mara Shlackman, Scott Luxor, and Nicolas Davies
The Independent: ‘We’re feeling the momentum’: Julian Assange family says Reality Winner’s release raises fresh hope
“We’re feeling the momentum really build here, with the press that we’re getting, with all the people we’re getting speaking on our panels, and with this action in the DoJ,” Gabriel Shipton, 39, told The Independent, from Columbus, Ohio, after events in New York and Washington DC. “I think we’re feeling the momentum, and hopefully there’s a change.”
Fox News: ‘An Innocent Man Not Able To See His Family’: Julian Assange’s Father, Brother Speak Out On His Imprisonment
Milwaukee NPR: Julian Assange’s Father And Brother Visit Milwaukee To Promote Their Request To President Biden
Assange’s family members and supporters are trying to get the Biden administration to drop its appeal of the case.
Assange’s father, John Shipton, said there are good reasons for President Joe Biden to do so.
“Well, in the first place, it’s unjust and nobody likes to be seen as being unjust. [Second] in a practical matter because the defense of the First Amendment is a principal responsibility of governments in the United States and it’s in the United States Constitution. Thirdly, it brings no credit the administration of justice in the United States. This would bring great credit to any administration that brought this persecution and prosecution to an end,” John Shipton told WUWM.
Assange’s brother, Gabriel Shipton, said Biden has spoken in favor of preserving freedom of the press. “So, I think they should just walk the walk, and drop this case. It’d be a great message to people around the world that they’re serious about press freedom,” he said.
Law & Disorder Radio: Building Support To Free Wikileaks’ Julian Assange
John Shipton speaks with Michael Smith and Heidi Boghosian about the US tour to meet supporters and raise awareness about the case.
The brother of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, wanted in the United States for allegedly publishing military and diplomatic secrets, said Monday that people must know what their government is doing “if democracy is to work.”
Gabriel Shipton and Assange’s father, John Shipton, spoke Monday at a St. Paul forum sponsored by Women Against Military Madness. It was part of a monthlong 17-city tour of the United States they’re making to argue that the 17-count federal indictment against their son and brother is an attack on freedom of the press.
“Reporting truth is not a crime,” John Shipton said.
WORT Radio: #FreeAssange
The Australian: ‘Slow motion murder’: family’s race to free Assange
In Washington as part of a 17-city tour to campaign for Julian’s release, his father, John Shipton, said it was “grotesque” that nations were trumpeting human rights at the G7 meeting at Cornwall, in Britain, when Julian had been imprisoned for almost 13 years for publishing evidence of US war crimes in 2010.
“It’s worse than hypocritical, it’s grotesque,” Mr Shipton said on Sunday night in the US with his son Gabriel to help convince the Biden administration to drop attempts to extradite Assange to the US, where he faces 175 years in prison.
Gabriel, a filmmaker, said Julian’s situation was “dire”. “If he doesn’t get out he will die. We’re seeing the slow motion murder of a journalist. It will take sometime for him to get back to his usual self (if he gets out),” he said.